Comitato Sauvignon

Dicembre 2015

New Zealand’s Many Regional Terroir Driven Sauvignon Blanc Styles

2019-06-14T11:00:27+02:00Dicembre 4th, 2015|Comitato Sauvignon|

(Original text in english) Although Sauvignon has played a central role in the Upper Loire and Bordeaux for centuries, and California made the grape’s name famous, New Zealand was the first New World region to cast ‘savvy’ in an entirely new, fresh light. Arguably, no other Sauvignon is as exotically or as intensely fruited (passionfruit, [...]

Novembre 2015

Verdejo-Sauvignon: Stepping through the looking glass

2019-06-14T11:00:41+02:00Novembre 10th, 2015|Comitato Sauvignon|

In Rueda, Sauvignon blanc forms a harmonious duo with local variety Verdejo. Frédéric Galtier explains how this combination emerged and how wine growers and wine makers approach it. Forty years ago, Emile Peynaud and Marques de Riscal were the driving forces behind the first Sauvignon plantings in Spain. To be more specific, the vines were [...]

Giugno 2015

South Africa: Sauvignon blanc, an essential component of the varietal range

2019-06-14T11:26:57+02:00Giugno 17th, 2015|Comitato Sauvignon|

(Original text in english) According to Tim James in his excellent book Wines of the New South Africa – Tradition and Revolution (University of California Press: 2013), it is unclear when Sauvignon Blanc was introduced to the Cape, but it was certainly planted at Groot Constantia in the late 1880s and reportedly performed well there. [...]

Dicembre 2014

Wining and dining with Sauvignon blanc

2019-06-14T11:27:07+02:00Dicembre 17th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

Any discussion about the virtually endless topic of food and wine pairings requires at least a cursory introduction to both the aromatic and taste profile of a varietal with such a distinctive character. Expressive examples – and most, but not all Sauvignon blancs are – offer up aromas ranging from grass to lime, peach to [...]

Sauvignon blanc: Moving upwards and outwards to appeal to a wider audience

2019-06-14T11:27:11+02:00Dicembre 2nd, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

Sauvignon blanc is as elusive as it is ubiquitous when it comes to pinning down the reasons for its indisputable commercial success and popularity with consumers. Marketing experts and industry commentators the world over are at a loss to explain how the French-born varietal soared to international stardom. What they do agree on, however, is [...]

Novembre 2014

The origins and rationale for Sauvignon Blanc in Spain

2019-06-14T11:27:17+02:00Novembre 15th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

Not many people associate Spain with Sauvignon blanc. Indeed, a few years ago, relatively few people thought that Spain could produce quality still white wine. Until the 1980s, most people were right. Most Spanish white wine was, with a few glorious exceptions, dull. Most Spanish producers were quickly improving the quality and range of their [...]

Ottobre 2014

Sauvignon blanc – on its own or blended, a truly versatile grape variety

2019-06-14T11:27:22+02:00Ottobre 28th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

Some grape varieties owe their claim to fame to single varietal offerings, whilst others have reached the pinnacle of success through blends. Only a tiny handful have achieved both, and Sauvignon blanc is one of them. It is not for me to say whether single varietals are better than blends or vice versa. In fact, [...]

La libéralisation économique a impulsé le développement du sauvignon

2019-06-14T11:28:15+02:00Ottobre 15th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

À l’heure actuelle, le Sauvignon blanc est le deuxième cépage le plus planté au Chili. Toutefois, cette situation est récente. L’engouement pour ce cépage au cours des dernières années est dû à une mutation du secteur vitivinicole chilien en faveur des marchés internationaux, et au détriment du marché national. Cependant, quel est l'impact du développement [...]

Settembre 2014

How California provided the catalyst for Sauvignon blanc development in the New World

2019-06-14T11:28:09+02:00Settembre 30th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

Unbeknownst to many, the history and evolution of American Sauvignon Blanc has played a key role in the development of the grape in the New World over the last fifty years. Although produced in many states, Sauvignon production is primarily focused within the warmer regions of California and the cooler regions of Oregon and Washington [...]

The vintage effect illustrated in Sancerre Blanc

2019-06-14T11:27:27+02:00Settembre 15th, 2014|Comitato Sauvignon|

The general climate provides all regional wines with a particular style. However, annual variations can also influence the organoleptic characteristics of wine. Even the slightest differences give personality to each vintage while leaving its essential framework intact. This study aims to better understand what we call the “vintage effect” using Sancerre blanc as an example. [...]